An article appearing on February 27th from 'Forbes' was an enjoyable read. Headline: "Did Bob Chapek Win Disney’s Latest ‘Game Of Thrones’ — Or Is It Just Starting?"
The writer (Dawn Chmielewski) comments on Mr. Chapek's ascension and postulates on who his successor might be. As yours truly noted earlier this week, Mr. Chapek is longer in the tooth (60 years old) than Robert Iger was when he stepped into the CEO role (54 years old).
It was one of those rare TPI moments when Mr. Meyer and I concurred with each other -- agreeing that Mr. Chapek is likely a placeholder. Side note: According to NASA, on days when RM and THC agree on stuff you can stand a broom upright.
From the article: "With Iger also serving as the company’s executive chairman through December 2021, Disney have already set in motion its next chapter of Game of Thrones. That version of the story, speculation goes, has Kevin Mayer (58 years old) and Peter Rice (54 years old), two other candidates for the CEO role, jockeying to replace Chapek. Mayer led Disney’s acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Fox and now, Disney+. Rice, the former president of 21st Century Fox who serves as chairman of Walt Disney Television and co-chair of Disney Media Networks, has oversight of the company’s TV entertainment and news operations, the divisions Chapek still needs to digest."
Neither has any experience in the parks and Mr. Mayer has a weird optics problem with his background (former CEO of 'Playboy'). And neither is a fanboy fave like Disney/Universal veteran Steve Burke (61 years old).
Anyone venture a guess as to who will be the next King of "Waltsteros"?
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